Seasons of Wildlife

Stilts in a group

The seasonal conditions that occur at Keālia Pond National Wildlife Refuge make it a notable place to observe Hawai‘i's endangered wetland birds, along with a diversity of feathered visitors from as far away as Alaska and Canada, and occasionally from Asia.

  • Spring

    Small stilt D. Clark

    Keālia Pond National Wildlife Refuge is valuable for its endangered ae‘o (Hawaiian stilt) and ‘alae ke‘oke‘o (Hawaiian coot), providing nesting, feeding and resting habitat.

  • Winter

    Pacific golden plover

    The pond is the wintering grounds for a diverse assemblage of migratory birds from late summer (August) to early spring (April). It is one of the most important areas in the state for wintering migratory waterfowl.